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THE MANY SIDES OF FACADES Architects are using facades to push the green building revolution. Advances in technologies like glass fabrication and performance-modeling software have been a key to making this happen. But now that the first wave of high-performance buildings have been in play for a number of years, the industry has new post-occupancy data applicable to the next generation of energyefficient buildings. Software is also helping people collaborate in unforeseen ways, allowing architects to do productive, real-time work with fabricators and facade consultants no matter their

geographic location. And with improvements in digital design software, architects are not just creating building enclosures that passively reduce a building’s energy consumption. Facades are now active participants in their interior and exterior environments, with operable components and energy-collecting systems that can power many of the functions within. Photovoltaics continue to grow in popularity; one report from NanoMarkets, an industry analyst, estimated the total market for BIPV glass will reach $6.4 billion in revenues in 2016, compared with

$1.5 billion in 2012. Material advances, too, are making building skins more efficient. Architectural products are slimming down: long a staple of European rainscreen design, thin-form ceramics only a few millimeters thick are taking their place on building exteriors as a lightweight, high-design option for a range of projects in the United States. Concrete is also having a revolution as a facade material, with new advances in ultra high-performance mixes that are lightweight and can be manufactured almost anywhere in the world. Glass-fabrication technology

is allowing fabrication of larger panels, reducing material consumption for many projects. Metal, too, is being modeled in new and exciting ways. While structural steel systems continue to bend, twist, and conform innovatively, the world’s most cutting-edge architects are showing that their fascination with bending, perforating, and finishing metal continues. Ultimately today’s facades are more than the sum of their parts, allowing not only these buildings but our cities as a whole to function more efficiently than ever. JENNIFER K. GORSCHE


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Long scattered over several Manhattan buildings, the John Jay College
of Criminal Justice decided several years ago to unite its facilities with one vertical campus. Designed by SOM, the new 625,000-square-foot building doubles the size of the school’s facilities, adding classrooms, labs, auditoriums, offices, and student spaces to meet increasing enrollment. The building’s stacked, cascading layout allows students to collaborate across disciplines, and the architects wanted this function to be visible from the exterior as well. Framed glass setbacks for the cafeteria, labs, a 250-seat classroom, and large lounge area highlight the building’s diversity from the street and emphasize the “transparency of justice,” said the architects. The rest of the building has a skin of aluminum panels and fritted and transparent low-e-


coated insulated glass units, all fabricated by Viracon, which are arranged in a staggered pattern on all four sides (every third panel is transparent). The typical panel dimension is 6 feet, 8 inches by 15 feet. Baker Metal Products provided extrusion fabrication and subassembly services, and units were later assembled at the Eprata, Pennsylvania, facility of facade design/build consultant Enclos. Enclos conducted two laboratory performance mock-ups to confirm each curtain wall system’s performance, with validation including on-site water chamber and hose testing. Because of the college’s urban location, installers used three methods to install 240,000 square feet of facade: hydraulic crane, pallet stacker, and monorail systems. Enclos also provided installation services

for the building’s metal panels, canopy and soffits, louvers with steel supports, and glass and aluminum doors. Depending on how it is approached, the facade presents a different effect. Vertical fins with depths of 3 to 11 inches encircle the building in bands. Finished with silver mica-flake paint on one side and silk-screened with red dots on the other, the fins make the building look red when seen from the east and approached counterclockwise. The effect connects the building with the brick facade of nearby Haaren Hall, the college’s main location previously, and with North Hall, a former shoe factory building. From the other direction, aluminum and glass materials fit with the school’s newer glass-clad neighbors on 11th Avenue.






This year, Nashville-based Bridgestone Americas celebrated the opening of its new 265,000-square-foot technical center in Akron, Ohio. Designed by Ohio-based SoL Harris/Day Architecture, the facility is one of the company’s three technical centers worldwide; the others are in Rome and Tokyo. The project houses a research laboratory that the tire maker uses to test new tire compounds, as well as prototype and quality-control engineering offices and additional office space for almost 450 employees. A pedestrian bridge with custom ceramic-frit glass spans Akron’s South Main Street to connect to a new 400-car parking structure on the nearly 25-acre campus. Built to LEED Gold specifications, the technical center does not rely on just one enclosure system to function efficiently. Instead, it incorporates a range of efficiency-enhancing products from Bridgestone’s Firestone Building Products division, including the S-4500 Aluminum Panel Rainscreen System, Flat-Lock Stainless Steel Wall Panels, UC-600 Aluminum Exposed Fastener Panels, UC 500 Aluminum Soffit Panels, S-200 Aluminum Column Covers, Aluminum Sun Screens, and LS-1 Light Shelves. Using the company’s suite of products also helped the project stay on a tight schedule—from its February 2010 groundbreaking to its official opening in April 2012. In addition to the light shelves and screens, reflective roofing and a vegetative roof reduce the building’s cooling requirements, while an on-site cistern collects water for irrigation. A high-performance, tripleglazed facade system uses United Architectural Metals UAM 275-925 TRIPLE, a thermally broken unitized curtain wall system designed to accommodate Viracon's 1-3/4-inch triple-glazed units across 50,000 square feet of curtain wall.






In an arid climate like Dubai’s, a building’s enclosure system is its most important protection against days that average a high of 108 degrees in summer. This is especially true for the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, whose 2,650-foot height is clad in more than 1.8 million square feet of Guardian SunGuard Solar Silver 20 and Guardian ClimaGuard NLT Low-E glass. The project’s glass provides an anti-glare shield for the strong desert sun, and a high light reflectance to keep the interior from overheating. It also withstands extreme desert temperature swings and strong winds, all while meeting the SOM architects’ vision of a matte silver reflective color for the building without use of tinted glass or ceramic frit. Guardian’s first conversations with the architects included discussions about glass thickness calculations based on wind loads, as well as calculations that took into consideration glass movement and temperature differences between the ground floor and the top of the tower during each season. Stress on the glass caused by the temperature difference between production and installation conditions was another important consideration in determining glass thickness. The glass is positioned vertically in the facade frame and segmented around the tower to avoid the visibility of small distortions that occur during the heat-strengthening process of glassmaking. (In a completely flat facade, the high reflective glass would show more distortions.) Heat-strengthened glass has been subjected to a heating and cooling cycle and is typically twice as strong as annealed glass of the same thickness and configuration. Throughout the manufacturing and installation process, Guardian instituted tight quality control to ensure that the building’s nearly 26,000 panels would live up to the standard of the record-breaking structure.



How Guardian SunGuard helps improve patient care and recovery. With light. Well-daylighted hospitals with outdoor views enhance patient care and recovery. That’s why HKS specified Guardian SunGuard glass for 1 2

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can easily see outside. HKS’s selection of SunGuard products also improved the building’s energy efficiency and created a comfortable setting for children and families. The building is LEED Certified Silver. For complete performance data, project photos and other ways to Build With Light, visit Or call 1-866-GuardSG (482-7374).




DORALCO The custom architectural metal company specializes in innovative custom metal fabrication for projects seeking LEED certification.


FABRAL The Lancaster, PA-based metal roof and wall system manufacturer is known for standing seam roofs and standing seam roofs paired with solar.

METALS/MESH/TENSILE FABRIC ALPOLIC Alpolic/fr is an advanced fire-retarding exterior cladding composed of a mineral-filled, fire-resistant thermoplastic core sandwiched between two thin metal skins.

BIRDAIR Tensile architecture reduces material usage and increases daylight. Tensotherm with Lumira aerogel fabric membrane now optimizes rooftop thermal efficiencies.

CAMBRIDGE Streamlined manufacturing and pre-engineered systems are customizable to an architect’s vision for any type of project in the United States and internationally.

FIRESTONE BUILDING PRODUCTS The new SunWave SMRT is a solar-powered day-lighting solution that brings high levels of diffused natural light into buildings, reducing lighting energy consumption by 50 to 80 percent. GKD The Capital Gate Tower in Abu Dhabi is clad with a GKD Tigris stainless-steel splash that eliminates more than 30 percent of the sun’s heat from the building. KALZIP Kalzip is a multi-component system offering solutions and finishes for roofs, facades, and the entire building envelope.

RHEINZINK A range of roofs and facades made of Rheinzink titanium zinc include modular rainscreen panels that allow for quick and cost-efficient installation. SEFAR ARCHITECTURE Vision, a metal-coated precision fabric interlayer is typically laminated within glass or other transparent materials to create unique aesthetic design possibilities in facades. SYNTHEON The ACCEL-E wall system combines the strength and performance of cold-formed steel framing with the insulation properties of expanded polystyrene. UNI-SYSTEMS Facilitated by a team of engineers, the company’s kinetic architecture solutions turn buildings into mechanized structures that change with climate, need, or purpose. U.S. ALUMINUM This subsidiary of C. R. Laurence manufactures and supplies aluminum curtain walls, window walls, hurricane resistant systems, blast mitigation systems, and sunshades.


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COMPOSITES 3-FORM A leader in design-forward “ecoresin” based materials for indoor and outdoor architectural applications, including the highperformance polymer Koda XT with 100 times the impact strength of glass and made with 40 percent preconsumer recycled content. DUPONT CORIAN AND DRI-DESIGN The new Dri-Design Wall Panel System (above) with DuPont Corian EC is exterior cladding engineered to facilitate innovative design, efficient installation, and sustainability. corianec ETERNIT Eter-Color is a fully compressed, autoclaved, fiber-cement panel for interior or exterior applications. The panel is through-colored and is available in a variety of formats. fibercementproducts .com FORMICA VIVIX Exterior panels for vertical applications with a rainscreen attachment system are offered in solid colors, patterns, and wood grains that withstand exposure to sunlight and weather.

CERAMICS/CONCRETE KREYSLER & ASSOCIATES The California-based custom fabrication shop specializes in the design, engineering, and manufacture of composite products for architecture, sculpture, and industrial applications. LUMINORE A cold-spray application process applies a protective layer of metal over a variety of exterior facade surfaces, including concrete, fiberglass, and foam. PARKLEX High-density stratified timber facade panels use Everlook, a special overlay that dramatically increases the normal life of the panel, improving UV resistance and color stability. TRESPA Trespa Meteon panels are ideal for use in innovative and functional ventilated rain-screen cladding systems, on their own or in combination with other materials.



COTTO D’ESTE Italian manufacturer of porcelain stoneware floors, also makers of Keralite an ultra-thin ceramic tile for cladding. LAFARGE DUCTAL Ultra high-performance concrete technology increases options for new and renovated facade designs with new shapes and finish options. LAMINAM Porcelain stoneware slabs measuring 1000x3000x3 mm allow for high-performance, lightweight ceramic ventilated facade designs in a range of finishes. MARAZZI Porcelain stoneware for ventilated walls is available in multiple colors and styles; large-format tiles resist abrasion, fading, graffiti, and harsh weather conditions. NBK CERAMIC This Hunter Douglas Company makes largesize terra-cotta rain-screen elements in custom pre-cast and baguette formations. TERRART product line offers a suspended facade system using ventilation and pressure-equalizing elements for building envelope protection.

PALAGIO Specializing in turnkey rain-screen facades, the company makes terra-cotta tiles designed for easy installation with stone, porcelain, and metal on a pre-engineered substructure. SHILDAN Shildan provides ceramic sunscreen products and energy-efficient facades, as the exclusive North American representative of the German terra-cotta innovator Moeding, known for its patented horizontal aluminum clip and attachment system. TAKTL New TESL8 panels allow for the production of unique facade systems available at a standard VECTR panel price, enabling large-scale facade patterns. VIRACON VE-45, a new low-emissivity coating, improves the balance between visible light transmittance, solar control, and enhanced U-values. YKK AP AMERICA The architectural product manufacturer has introduced the YUW 750 XT unitized wall system for low- to mid-rise commercial buildings to its enerGfacade product line.

GLASS GLASPRO The structural and architectural and glass manufacturer has a 75,000square-foot California fabrication facility in which to create technically advanced custom glass. GUARDIAN INDUSTRIES Guardian and Pythagoras Solar now manufacture and market SunGuard Photovoltaic Glass Units (PVGU) for commercial buildings. OLD CASTLE GLASS From a major supplier of architectural glass systems and custom curtain and window walls, Old Castle has evolved to providing entire integrated building systems. PPG New commercial building products include a passivesolar, low-e glass for cool climates and a selfcleaning glass for skylights, canopies, and other sloped glazing. SAGE This spring the French glass giant Saint-Gobain acquired Sage, makers of electrochromic smart windows that can tint and block light using only 0.28 watts per square foot of glass.

SOLADIGM Based in Milpitas, CA, Soladigm specializes in green building products, including the introduction of a new energy-efficient dynamic glass manufactured in collaboration with Guardian Industries. SOUTHWALL AND PLEOTINT New high-performance insulating glass is the first to combine suspended-film and sunlight-responsive glazing technologies to reduce solar heat gain and increase energy savings. TGP ARCHITECTURAL Technical glass product manufacturer provides innovative specialty glass, including the new linear self-supporting channel glass, Pilkington Profilit, and steel framing systems. VIRACON VE-45, a new low emissivity coating, improves the balance between visible light transmittance, solar control, and enhanced U-values. W&W GLASS The architectural glass and metal contractor specializes in curtain walls, storefronts, entrances, ornamental metal, skylights, and Pilkington Planar ssss structural glass systems.

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